Peg Leg Imperial Stout | Heavy Seas Beer

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Peg Leg Imperial StoutPeg Leg Imperial Stout

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Heavy Seas Beer
Maryland, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Deep mahogany in color with aromas of roasted coffee, molasses and dark chocolate. Subtly hopped, making it astonishingly smooth and easy drinking for such a big beer.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-03-2004

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Photo of joshuaryan
3.46/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

At first pour, I was wondering if I was going to see any head on this beer at all until I was treated to a tan head that didn't last long.

I had just tried this beer after a milk stout and at first taste this actually came across sour. I cleansed my pallette and tried again this time noticing the notes of coffee and the dark adjunct malts.

The flavor of this beer is good but is certainly not the best imperial stout I've had.

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Photo of glid02
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this from a friend.

Pours an opaque black with a half-finger dark tan head. The head dissipates quickly into a wispy layer of bubbles and a thin ring around the glass. There's hardly anything going on in the lacing department.

Smells alright. There's a light roasted malt aroma without much else. If I try really hard I can discern a coffee smell.

Tastes more complex than it smells. Huge amounts of roasted malts and coffee are present up front that give way to subtle chocolate flavors and ending with a good amount of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is alright. It's got a good thickness but it could be thicker, although the carbonation is good. It's smooth, but could be a bit smoother.

Drinkability is alright. The aftertaste is a bit too roasty to leave me really wanting to take another sip, but although I don't "really" want to, I still want to.

Overall this is a good RIS, but the roasted malts overtake everything else. If it were a little more balanced it could be better. However, it's still worth a shot.

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Photo of Shiredave
3.84/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hand pulled from the newly installed engine at The Beech Tree Grill in Po-town.

A few days old but pouring in great condition this intensly black beer sported a dense brown head that left chunks of sticky lace behind.

No real aroma to speak of - hints of smoke thru the slighty sweet but very mild roasty nose. Nothing off just not much there to smell.

Rich, lush and viscous, lots of roasty sweetness witha touch of acidity along side the sharp black grain and hop bittering. Nice Imp Stout flavors without a big alcohol presence.

Great full bodied mouth feel with a tickle of alcohol on the finish. Not over bitter with excellent balance and drinkability for such of heavy beer.

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Photo of BelgianAleSlut
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark with nice tan head. Smell has hint of coffee as does taste.

Tastes sweet and creamy, carbonation is good. Alcohol seems hidden based on strength. Could use a little black licorice to add some spice.

This is the first Clipper City beer that has not impressed me. Not sure I would ever get again.

Having two this evening, second is going down much slower.

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Photo of tweeder263
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours out a black beer with a tan one finger head. Smells of coffee with very subtle hints of chocolate. Extremely rich taste,,very much like coffee,,it a very dominant taste,,which is fine i like it. Alcohol shows its presence mid sip but is expected at 8 % and fits in well. A pretty good Impy. Mouthfeel is semi creamy not thick but not watery either.

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Photo of Herrbrokt
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours black with a light brown head.

smells of dark fruits chocolate coffee and alcohol

taste is similar. nice roller coaster of flavor. punch at the end.

carbonated, little sticky

wouldn't choose to session this one, becomes a bit sweet over time.

overall, not too shabby. nice local brew.

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Photo of ckeegan04
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Black as could be, even when held up to light. One fionger brown head that fades a little quicker than prefered. Leaves excellent lacing though.

S - Deep aroma of bitter chocolate with hints of coffee. A little booze sneaks in as well. Good aroma, but not a true deep RIS aroma.

T - Bitter chocolate dominates with light java hints. A spicy hoppiness is noticeable but not strong. Finishes bitter sweet. A good tasting stout, but RIS? Not quite.

M/D - Full bodied and very smooth and creamy. A touch overcarbonated for a RIS.

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Photo of Drewcifer
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a very solid black with some brown hints. Finger or so of foamy tan head which is slow to drop. A bit of lacing.

Aroma is dark, roasted malts, and roasted coffee, a hint of chocolate. A bit understated.

Well defined coffee and roasted malt flavors, a little bit of chocolate and dark fruit in there. Coffee finish, and a noticeable alcohol bite at the end.

Borderline medium/heavy bodied, maybe slightly overcarbonated, a bit slick. Not the most pleasant aspect of this brew.

Overall, it's fairly drinkable. The alcohol level is a bit prohibitive of having a few, but worth getting a bottle now and again. Something I'll most likely get again. It seems to tread the line between American Stout and Russian Imperial.

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Photo of hustlesworth
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- dark opaque black with brownish mahogany highs at the bottom of the glass, and a tannish speckled foamy head. great retention and lots of lace.

S- coffee and cocoa flavors with a hint of anise. smokey and deeply roasted almost burnt.

T- almost a carbon copy of the aroma only much boozier, vodka, dark over-ripe bourbon soaked red fruits, woodsy, charcoal.

MF- nice full feeling, medium low carbonation and warming in the belly.

D- very heavy and alcoholic, an OK representation.

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Photo of thethrone
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours black with 1 finger of foamy khaki head. Moderate retention, a small amount of wet lacing.

S - Sweet dark malt, roasted coffee. A hint of woodiness as it warms. Fairly subdued overall.

T - sweet malt to start gives way to short-lived hop bitterness. Finishes sweet with a bit of alcohol burn on the end.

M - Medium bodied, good carbonation.

D - Good drinkable stout, worth a try but I wouldn't seek it out again.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.82/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reallly dark brown color, but not quite black. Fine tan bubbles cover the top of brew nicely.

Dark chocolate, strawberries, cantaloupe and milk chocolate are all discernable in the nose.

Tastes good. A bit of black pepper to go with all the above goodies found in the nose. Invitingly pleasant alcohol and fruity notes.

Not too shabby, would drink this doubt.

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Photo of SirSketch
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got in trade with paulthebeerguru.

A - Small film of light brown head. Very dark brown, almost completely black in color.

S - Milk chocolate, roasted coffee, and dark malty nose. Pleasant

T - Sweet caramel , light coffee, chocolate tastes and a nice roastiness to it

M/D - Full bodied, but surprisingly easy to drink.

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Photo of MrIncognito
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Hard Times Cafe in Old Town Alexandria. Poured into a pint glass.

A - Pitch black, probably as black as you can get. No light comes through at all. One-finger brown, chocolately head that forms a nice ring of lace on the top. Great sticky lacing on the glass.

S - Sweet burnt malt with chocolate in the background. Slight alcohol notes coming off the chocolate. Overall, just sweet.

T & M - The burnt malt hits me first followed immediately by a powdery milk chocolate. The chocolate lingers for a couple seconds and is followed by moderately bitter hops with a nice spice on top. Almost a sweet chipotle taste at the end. Alcohol not noticable until it warms a bit but is hidden by the sweetness of this brew. Moderate carbonation (more than most stouts) but very smooth and wet with a chewy feel.

Not bad really. Has a decent drinkability but I definitely could not drink more than two in one sitting due to the sweetness and high abv. Interesting flavors in this that put this (for me) in the stout/milk stout category.

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Photo of scooter231
3.36/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Motor oil. Deep color, opaque. Some tan head that fizzles out to a thin ring around the edges. Looks... like a RIS. Nose is very milk chocolatey, very sweet, very malty. Not a lot of bitterness in the nose at all, just a sweet, yoo-hoo like scent.

Taste is more complex. Starts with a strong, roasted, burnt coffee flavor, with a fair amount of bitterness. The sweet chocolatey flavor that was in the nose follows, but the sweetness isn't overwhelming. Another wave of bitterness finishes, balancing out the chocolate. It's pretty tasty, but seems a little jarring to me- it lacks the smoothness of some other RIS's I've had. And for 8%, the alcohol flavor seems a little strong.

Mouthfeel is a little thin, not nearly as thick and chewy as I'd hoped for, and very slick. Overall it's not the most drinkable one I've ever had, but I wouldn't turn one down.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Purchase-before date is September 2008.

3.5 A: Chocolate black in color with a light brown head. Average head retention with some lacing.

3.5 S: Roasted dark coffee, chocolate, sweet malt.

3.0 T: Balanced mix of hops and malts, yet a bit astringent. Predominating flavor is chewing tobacco/raisin. Perhaps a hint of coffee and chocolate. Ends with a boozy bite.

3.0 M: Stinging carbonation, becomes fluffy before it gets to the back of mouth.

3.5 D: Not really my cup of tea (or beer?), but I never claimed to be a big fan of imperial stouts. Worth trying, but one is plenty enough.

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Photo of MrMonkey
4.07/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours the darkest of browns, almost black, with a two-finger tan head that fades slowly to a thin cap. A decent web of lacing left down the glass.

Smells like French roast coffee, milk chocolate, plums and molasses.

Taste starts with some chocolate, plum and coffee flavors, before some molasses, vanilla and roasted malts. Finishes with a strong roasted coffee taste that lasts a while.

Medium-bodied mouthfeel, but a bit thinner than I would have thought/liked.

Alcohol is well hidden, and it's very smooth. Easy to drink and quite enjoyable.

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Photo of kzoobrew
2.95/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep brown soda like color just shy of black. Very fine bubbly head does not stick around long, little to no lacing.

Roasted malt and medicinal alcohol on the nose. Not picking up much more.

Flavor starts with sweet roasted malt. Some coffee, chocolate vanilla flavors may be there but the sweetness is really too much for this style

Mouth feel is not full enough for the style, I feel the brew is over carbonated too.

Very drinkable brew as long as you do not expect an RIS. I have a hard time buying this brew as an RIS. Drinks more like a porter or cream stout. Taste is very decent, over all not a bad brew. I simply thing this does not do the style justice in the least.

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Photo of CrellMoset
3.36/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Whole Foods, Charlottesville, VA. Poured into a traditional American pint glass.

Appearance: Deep brown - not quite black - with a two-finger head that fades fairly quickly. Head is tan, very fine-bubbled, and leaves pretty sheets of solid lacing in its wake.

Aroma: Roasted, grainy breadiness and solvent-like alcohol. A little too mild.

Taste: First thing up to the plate is a bunch of smoky, toasted though not overly powerful malts - some sweet chocolate, lightly roasted coffee, deep caramel. There's a mild but persistent citrusy hoppiness present at the peak of the sip and in the finish. A bit unfortunate that the smoky, toasty astringencies in the finish are covered up by a huge surge of hop oils and harsh alcohols.

Mouthfeel: Thinner than most imperial stouts, medium bodied, and rather uneven in most places.

Drinkability: The thin body and lighter-than-usual nature of this IS enhance the drinkability slightly ... but the harsh alcohols and none-too-complex nature of the taste take it right back down. Not bad, but not great. Perhaps an RIS for a hot summer day?

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Photo of ATPete
4.02/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle

Peg Leg pours a deep brown color with bright reddish/brown highlights at the bottom of the glass, it sports a 2 finger beige head and leaves some sticking. Rich malts and creamy milk chocolate fill the nose. Big toasted malts up front, sweet chocolate and smokey coffee notes, slightly grainy, some subtle notes of cherry and some definite hop character on the finish. Peg Leg has bright lively carbonation and has a good mouthful, its lighter than most in its class but it makes for excellent drinkability.

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Photo of corey0212
3.64/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Got this one from tburkhart in the New Trader BIF!

Pours a watery dark cola-brown with deep red highlights, tan head fades quickly but leaves a good amount of lacing. Good nose on this one...plenty of roasted coffee beans, slightly charred edges, and some milk chocolate. Taste follows the smell, but with some smoky elements, dare I say campfire-esque? Drinkability is good on this, I think it would pair well with certain foods...but for me, that's the problem. I don't necessarily think of an Imperial Russian Stout as the best beer to go with food. Ultimately, it's the mouthfeel on this that hurts it. Too thin, for my taste. Nice flavors and smells, but the overall effect is more like a Porter than an Imperial Stout.

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Photo of drxandy
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz to flare pint, pours a deep opaque brownish black, head fades quick, nice lacing

smells of roasty bitterness, chocolate malt...

taste is heavy on hop bitterness, reminds me more of an american double moreso than an RIS due to hop character. roasty, peaty earth, heavy malts, chocolate, coffee, etc alcohol heat is present.

mouthfeel is bitter, lingering, roasty, thin for being so heavy.

not my favorite pick from clipper city but a decent big stout.

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Photo of malty
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sept. '08 is notched on the front label.

Pours a very dark rosewood, which borders black. A very loose and fluffy khaki head sits motionless and 2" high. Lacework in good.

A few brisk swirls of my Lion 10 oz. beer glass evokes a splendid coffee & crème aroma with a faint dark chocolate undertone. There a bit of a fruity (concord grape jelly) scent that brightens it up a bit, but the creamed coffee is still the most prevalent.

The flavors I was expecting (or at least, hoping) to receive were almost nil. There's a good burnt black patent malt flavor happening, but the coffee, crème, dark chocolate, etc... wasn't there. If this weren't labeled as a RIS I would think it to be a sturdy session stout. The alcohol is noticable with its slight burn.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and the carbonation is just right (low and fine).

Drinkability is good. Although this ale isn't pushing my buttons, it's still very palatable and non-intrusive for an 8% brew.

Overall an OK bigger stout. This is the first Clipper City brew that didn't 'wow' me. Their Small Craft Warning and Hop3 offerings were fantastic. I'll keep trying their beers but I doubt I'll remember this one.

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Photo of gunnerman
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this into a pint glass, pours a reddish black with a fluffy head that stays around the entire time and leaves some nice thick lace. Smell is pretty good with sweet malts, raison and just a slight bit of coffee. Taste was pretty good a bit watered down to me though, it was a bit sweet with a tart coffee taste, and a slight alcohol finsh not overbearing though. Overall this was a pretty decent brew and goes down pretty easy but it being 8.00% I could drink a few of these and not even know it.

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Photo of GatorBeerNerd
3.56/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours so dark you have to call it black with an enormous frothy light brown head. The head settles down to about 1/4 inch pretty quickly leaving a lot of lacing behind. It definitely passes the look test.

S: Roasted malt dominates the nose with hints of coffee and dark chocolate. I like the aroma, but its not that special in the aroma department for the style.

T: A bit of a bitter flavor from dark chocolate and coffee flavors mixed in with the roasted malts. It is not as complex as many in the style.

M: It is thick and creamy in the mouth. It leaves the mouth a bit dry with a roasted malt after taste.

D: Its bitterness makes it a bit of a sipper for me. However, there are some in the style that are less drinkable, but quite a few that are more drinkable as well.

It is a good beer, but I prefer most of the rest of the Heavy Seas line more than this one. I am glad my friend took 2 of these from the mixed 12 pack.

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Photo of Garzan72
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am very fond of this Imperial stout. It looked and smelled like others I have tried before. When I took a sip though I tasted a little different. It has a decent ABV but I couldnt taste it for as high as it was. It was kind of creamy and pretty smooth. Mouthfeel was excellent and it is very drinkable.

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Peg Leg Imperial Stout from Heavy Seas Beer
3.63 out of 5 based on 1,422 ratings.
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